The International Programs department of NCSL acts as a liaison between U.S. state legislatures and their counterparts internationally, including international and regional organizations, foreign embassies, parliaments and legislatures (both national and regional), as well as domestic organizations with international interests. NCSL’s International Programs department conducts research, holds public policy conferences and forums, develops technical assistance projects and exchange programs as well as fellowships. The department also assists state legislators and staff in identifying major international issues with local or regional implications.
NCSL's International Programs department:
- Develops professional exchange programs between U.S. legislators, legislative staff, and their international legislative counterpart.;
- Identifies NCSL's unique resources and formulates assistance to foreign legislatures through technical assistance projects, study tours, needs assessments, workshops, internships and/or seminars.
- Hosts official international delegations and familiarizes them with NCSL and state legislatures.
- Determines the extent of current international activities in state legislatures and provides assistance to those attempting to establish international programs.
- Encourages informational networking with other organizations that have similar interests.